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CONGRESS

AMENDMENT OF ACT RELATING TO METROPOLITAN

POLICE FORCE.

AUGUST 2, 1911.-Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of

the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. JOHNSON of Kentucky, from the Committee on the District of

Columbia, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 1618.)

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 1618) amending paragraph 6 of the act relating to the Metropolitan police force, report the same back to the House with the recommendation that it do pass with the following amendment:

Amend page 2, line 7, by inserting after the word "now" and before the word given” the following: “or may hereafter be”.

The object of this bill is to place the “crossing policemen” upon the same footing as the Metropolitan policemen as to compensation, sick leave, and vacation.

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1st Session.

No. 103.

SUPPORT AND MAINTENANCE OF BASTARDS IN THE

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

August 2, 1911.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the state of

the Union and ordered to be printed.

Mr. JOHNSON of Kentucky, from the Committee on the District of

Columbia, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 13041.]

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 13041) to provide for the support and maintenance of bastards in the District of Columbia, report the same back to the House with the recommendation that it do pass.

It is believed that the District of Columbia is the only place in the Union where the father is not liable for the support of his illegitimate child. It is estimated that over 50 per cent of the dependent children cared for at the expense of the public appropriation for the District of Columbia are illegitimate. The community should be relieved of this burden at the earliest date, and the putative fathers should be made to meet the charges of support and education of their illegitimate children. In the case of the United States v. Morse (29 Appeals, D. C., 188 [195]) the court said:

We fully agreed that the juvenile court should have power, upon conviction, to compel the father of an illegitimate child to maintain his child.' Unhappily, the old bastardy act is no longer in force; the code failed to revive it.

The bill embodies the principal features of statutes obtaining in most of the States, and it is believed that it will meet the needs of this District.

On page 21 of his annual report for 1909, and again in his annual report for 1910, the Attorney General of the United States recommends that the juvenile court be given jurisdiction to hear and determine all cases arising under the act of March 23, 1906, entitled "An act making it a misdemeanor in the District of Columbia to abandon or willfully neglect to provide for the support and maintenance bs any person of his wife or of his or her minor children in destitute and necessitous circumstances"; and on page 21 of his annual report for 1909 remarks that the machinery provided for in the act creating the

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REPORT No. 106.

RIGHT OF APPEAL OF DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA TO

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES.

AUGUST 2, 1911.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. Johnson of Kentucky, from the Committee on the District of

Columbia, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 8653.]

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 8653) to give the District of Columbia a right of appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States in patent cases, report the same back to the House with the recommendation that it do pass.

The passage of this bill is desired to enable the Commissioners of the District of Columbia to go to the higher courts upon appeal to determine whether or not the usual concrete street work is covered by patent.

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REPORT No. 108.

REGULATION OF PRACTICE OF PHARMACY AND SALE OF

POISONS IN DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

AUGUST 2, 1911.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. JOHNSON of Kentucky, from the Committee on the District of

Columbia, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 8619.]

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 8619) to amend "An act to regulate the practice of pharmacy and the sale of poisons in the District of Columbia, and for other purposes," approved May 7, 1906, report the same back to the House with the recommendation that it do pass.

The object of this bill is to enable dentists to purchase their supplie. directly from the manufacturers and wholesalers instead of through the pharmacists.

CONGRESS

REGULATION OF ASSIGNMENT OF WAGES IN THE

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA.

AUGUST 2, 1911.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed.

Mr. JOHNSON of Kentucky, from the Committee on the District of

Columbia, submitted the following

REPORT.

[To accompany H. R. 10649. ]

The Committee on the District of Columbia, to whom was referred the bill (H. R. 10649) to regulate the assignment of wages, salaries, and earnings in the District of Columbia, report the same back to the House with the recommendation that it do pass with the following amendments, viz:

Amend by inserting in line 9 after"-poration” and before the word "owing" the following: including the governments of the United States and of the District of Columbia.”

Further amend by adding to the last line the following: "Provided, That no assignment of a salary or wage by a married man shall be valid unless his wife join him in the assignment thereof.”

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